African Americans and the War for Democracy

March 24, 2018 - 07:00 pmMarch 24, 2018 - 08:00 pmMay 24, 2018, 7pm - 8pm
Mariners' Museum
100 Museum Drive
Newport News, VA 23606
United States 100 Museum Drive Newport News 23606


  • Free for members; $5 for guests: $0-5

Presented by Adriane Lentz-Smith FREE for Members; $5 for guests For many of the 386,000 African-Americans who served in the military during World War I, the Great War was their civil rights movement.

Indeed, the generation before Martin Luther King forged their civil rights ideology by appropriating President Woodrow Wilson's rhetoric in service to their own visions of self-determination and by protesting his administration's expansionist vision of Jim Crow.

This talk will focus on the experience of African-American civilians and soldiers in the war years, with a particular focus on how World War I shaped the black freedom struggle. Adriane Lentz-Smith is Associate Professor of History at Duke University where she holds secondary appointments in African and African-American Studies and Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies. An historian of the black freedom struggle in the United States, she is the author of Freedom Struggles: African Americans and World War I (Harvard, 2009) which